|by Brent Harris • November 6, 2010|
The Wabash and Rose-Hulman swimming and diving teams battled to 145-145 tie Saturday afternoon in Terre Haute, Indiana. Eight individual first-place finishes led the Little Giants in their second dual meet of the season.
Divers Jake Schild and Jake Anderson scored huge points for Wabash in the diving portion of the meet, while Charles Williams and Chad Woods each posted two individual wins in their events.
Schild (left) won the one-meter competition witha score of 206.30 to score nine team points for Wabash, while Anderson added four more points with a second place score of 152.80. The duo went 1-2 on the three-meter board, as well. Schild won with a score of 156.10, while Anderson took second with a score of 145.50.
Williams won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:51.26, with teammate Alex Beck finishing second (1:52.82). Williams added another top finish in the 100 free, posting a winning time of 49.33. Beck took third in the event with a time of 50.08, while Evan Rhinesmith was fourth (50.29).
Woods posted the top time in the 1,000-yard freestyle at 10:28.36 to win the event, while Logan Rice finished third (10:41.48). Woods also won the 500 free with a time of 5:03.00, just ahead of teammate Logan Falley in second place with a time of 5:05.04.
Rhinesmith scored an individual victory in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.58 as the only Wabash swimmer competing in the event against five Rose-Hulman swimmers.
"Our guys swam pretty well today," Head Coach Steve Barnes said. "Our times weren't great, but they weren't terrible, either. Our distance guys had a huge turnaround from last weekend. Jake Schild and Jake Anderson really carried us in the diving and came through huge for the team.
"Honestly Rose just wanted the meet more," Barnes said. "They were more prepared, especially mentally. They just out-touched us on too many races. We were not mentally ready to compete with them. We need to come strong both physically and mentally to every single meet if we want to be the team I think we can be. We had too many mental lapses today. That just led to some bad races and some bad finishes."
David Phillips took second in the 100 backstroke (56.16), while David Birrer was second in the 200 butterfly (1:58.79). Birrer took second in the 100 fly (53.35) as well, with teammate Adam Current capturing third place (53.39). Eric Vaughn added a second place finish in the 50 free (22.98), wile Beck took third (23.44). Vaughn also took third in the 200 backstroke (2:08.69).
Wabash finished second in both relays. The Little Giant quartet of Williams, Rhinesmith, Vaughn, and Birrer posted a time of 1:39.95 in the 200-yard medley relay, while Rhinesmith, Birrer, Rice, and Beck finished second in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:19.34.
"We have some work to do. I think physically our times are where they need to be, but they can be better. Hopefully they will be Wednesday."
The Little Giants return to the pool Wednesday for their annual battle with arch-rival DePauw. The dual meet will be the first home meet of the 2010-2001 season for Wabash, and will begin at the Class of 1950 Natatorium at 7 p.m.